Grace Ellen Snyder was born to a Pioneer farm family on March 30, 1928, near Berthoud, CO. Grace was the fifth child of nine to bless this family. Her young life was spent on the family farm, learning the lessons of this hard life, in preparation for the eventual large family that she raised. Grace met and married the love of her life, George Harvic French, and they married in Boulder, on April 27, 1944. George and Grace lived on a farm North of Hygiene until 1949, when they relocated to West of Lyons. Here, she raised five of their six children, hauling water, and with no electricity for several years. They lived here until 1960, when they moved into the Town of Lyons, where they finished raising their family. Grace
worked for Ball Brothers in Boulder for several years, in addition to being Mom full time. Grace was one of the original founders of the Lyons Fireflies, and attended the Old Stone Church in Lyons. When she and George retired, they moved to Longmont, and resided there until her passing.
She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, George H. French, son John R. French, daughter Susan K. Horst, grandchildren, Wendy, Terri, and Dennis Moe, as well as brothers Frank, Ralph and Charles Snyder and sister Wilma McDowell.
Grace is survived by her children, George R. French (Marlene) of Loveland, Edward G. French (Debra) of Berthoud, Cindy E. Moe (Dennis) of Longmont, and Trudi J. Clark (Lonnie), of Lyons. Son in law Bob Horst of Longmont, and daughter in law, Rhonda French of Loveland. Grace is also survived by sisters Edith Thielen (Gene), Elizabeth Allen (Ron) of Longmont, and Beverly Kingman of Holyoke, brother Eldon Snyder (Barb) of Ft Morgan, sisters in law Gertie Snyder and Helen Snyder, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Grace was Grandma to nineteen grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. Grace enjoyed her family and was very proud of her home, her yard and her self-sufficiency.
Visitation were 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, August 16, at The River Church in Lyons. Interment will be at Lyons Cemetery following the service. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences with the family.